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Boy rescued from kidnappers
Chandigarh, August 30
A 16-year-old youth of West Bengal, Prabhat Kumar Dey, who was allegedly lured by three persons from Bihar with the promise of job and later held for ransom, was rescued in a joint operation by the Chandigarh Police, the Railway Police and the West Bengal Police here this afternoon.

City govt colleges sans medical facilities
Chandigarh, August 30
Government College, Sector 11: With three hostels housing over 450 students, the college has absolutely nothing in the name of medical facility on its premises. A doctor used to come to the hostel on weekly basis nearly 10 years ago.

Admissions to PU colleges conclude
Chandigarh, August 30
Admissions to affiliated colleges of Panjab University concluded here today. Interestingly, the university has allowed more than 500 late admissions this year with the permission of the varsity Vice-Chancellor.


Report indicates use of poison
Murder of Delhi-based executive Mandiv Sapra
Chandigarh, August 30
Delhi-based executive Mandiv Sapra could have been administered aluminium phosphide poison before he was allegedly murdered by his doctor wife, Sapna Sapra, at Hotel Mountview here on July 1. She is currently lodged in Burail jail.

Railways to replace 800 locomotives
Chandigarh, August 30
The Railways has drawn up a plan to replace over a thousand ageing locomotives in its fleet over the next 10 years. The process, which begins this year, is aimed at improving the maintenance and safety standards.

State award for Mohali artist
Chandigarh, August 30
Devinder Pal Singh, a Mohali based artist, known for his miniature kites has been awarded with Punjab State Award in the field of art. Devinder Singh whose name has already entered in the Limca Book of Records - 2003 for his world famous smallest kites and fancy educational kites, has succeeded in reviving this dying folk art of Punjab with his endeavour.

Tasting the nectar of life! Tasting the nectar of life! — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan


Abandoned by family, plagued by diseases
Chandigarh, August 30
Call him a victim of fate or anything else but Balbir Chand is desperately in need of help. Having been abandoned by his kin this patient of acute diabetes is nowadays shunting from one place to another for shelter, hoping that some good samaritan or a social organisation will come forward to help him.

‘Killing’ of cows condemned
Chandigarh, August 30
The alleged killing of 22 cows reportedly by employees of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has been condemned by the Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Sabha. In a press note, it stated that the killing had tarnished the corporation’s image.

Cattle owners to get land for rearing
Chandigarh, August 30
Cattle owners within the limits of the union territory will now be able to rear cattle at designated places on panchayat lands located across four villages by paying a fixed amount to the Administration by way of rent.

Cops issue guidelines to elderly
Chandigarh, August 30
In view of the attack on an elderly couple in Sector 9 on Wednesday night by a robber, the police this evening launched a special drive to “reassure” the elders of the city “that they are safe and the police is with them”.

Foundation stone of Audit Bhavan laid
Chandigarh, August 30
The Controller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Mr Vijayendra Nath Kaul, on Thursday said the Centre wanted to expand the function of the department in many ways and that it required better functional capability.

Doll museum to get new look
Chandigarh, August 30
The International Dolls Museum at Bal Bhavan in Sector 23, will get a major facelift. Thanks to the endeavour of CITCO. The renovation of the museum includes installation of new flooring and lighting system and modification of existing aquarium besides changing the dresses of at least 286 dolls in the museum which gives glimpses of traditions and lifestyles of about 28 countries all over the world.

Van Mahotsav at Forest Hill
Chandigarh, August 30
Forest Hill Resort ( FHR) at Karoran village in Ropar district organised Van Mahotsav day today where more than 100 employees of the FHR planted two saplings each. These saplings will have the names of the employees. A plant of 'Rudraksh' was also planted which was donated by Brig K.S. Chandpuri.

Training programmes for unemployed youth
SAS Nagar, August 30
Two entrepreneurial training programmes, organised by the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for unemployed youth, concluded at Guru Nanak VBT Polytechnic here today.

Rainwater enters houses
SAS Nagar, August 30
Water entered some houses in Phase I after a downpour in the morning here on Friday. Affected residents said the level of some HL houses in the area was low and whenever there was heavy rain, water entered their houses.

JEs demand reinstatement of colleague
SAS Nagar, August 28
The Council of Junior Engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board demanded that a suspended JE be reinstated immediately. All 15 JEs of the town sat in dharna in protest against the suspension of Mr Kulwant Singh.

Govt car hits scooterist, cops silent
Panchkula, August 30
A government vehicle with a red light atop rammed into a scooter near the HUDA nursery chowk, leaving its rider seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle fled.

Programme on rainwater harvesting
Chandigarh, August 30
In order to create awareness about rainwater harvesting, the Central Ground Water Board, North-Western Region, Chandigarh, will organise a three-day training programme. 

Utthala ceremony


Five held for flesh trade
Panchkula, August 30
Continuing its drive against those involved in flesh trade in the district, the police has arrested five persons, including two Army men, and three women, here today. According to the police, they were arrested from an under-construction house in Sector 4 while the watch guard of the house managed to flee from the scene.

Youths create scare in Phase I


Inaction on inspection reports worries Syndics
Chandigarh, August 30
Panjab University has taken serious notice of the poor follow-up on inspection reports of affiliated colleges. College laboratories had been found ill-equipped in several colleges and libraries wanting for books, despite strict objections by the inspecting teams.

Schools to set up centres for special kids
Chandigarh, August 30
The UT Administration is, at last, gearing up to implement the Integrated Education for the Disabled Children Scheme in government schools here. To be carried out by the UT Education Department, the first phase has started with identification of five schools for setting up of resource centres for physically and mentally challenged children.

Dhanwantri college messes up with admissions
Chandigarh, August 30
The callousness and haste shown by Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College authorities in making admissions, without seeking prior permission from the Panjab University, has left two students in the lurch. After attending classes for one month, they have been told that their admission stands cancelled and their names are on the waiting list.

Nine city students clear talent search exam
Chandigarh, August 30
Nine students of the city have cleared the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) conducted by the National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT), the results for which were declared here today.

Debate contest at SD College
Chandigarh, August 30
A debate contest on “Moral values — an outdated phenomena” was held at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Sector 32, here today. The contest was held in memory of Punjab’s former Home, Education and Finance Minister Pandit Mohan Lal.

72 students awarded certificates
Chandigarh, August 30
In a colourful function, “Sky Hai Manzil”, organised by the National Institute of Technical Education (NITE), 72 students of the old batch of GDS Fares and Ticketing Certificate Course were awarded certificates at Food Craft Institute Auditorium in Sector 42 here today.
Members of the outgoing batch of the GDS Fares Ticketing Certificate Courses with their certificates at FCI Auditorium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the outgoing batch of the GDS Fares Ticketing Certificate Courses with their certificates at FCI Auditorium, Sector 42

150 students vie for singing honours
Chandigarh, August 30
More than 150 students from 16 schools of the city took part in a group song competition organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad , at the Government College of Education, Sector 20, here today.

Students participate in the National Group Song Championship organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad in BEd College, Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students participate in the National Group Song Championship organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad in BEd College

India Week celebrations
Chandigarh, August 30
India week celebrations, which started on August 25, concluded at Delhi Public School with the presentation of “My India” — spectacular tableaux of Indian states. Events like India quiz and poster-making competitions were also organised.

Senior citizens’ club launched
Chandigarh, August 30
A senior citizens’ club — Prerna — was launched by Sector 8 DAV Public School. For becoming a club member, a person should have attained 55 years of age. He should also be a grandparent, or should be related to student or staff of the school. Registration is free of cost.


Special lok adalat settles 2,828 cases
Chandigarh, August 30
As many as 2,828 cases, including matrimonial dispute cases and summary challans, were settled, while a sum of Rs 32 lakh was awarded as compensation to the litigants in MACT (Motor Accident Claims Tribunal) cases during a Special Lok Adalat organised at the District Courts, Sector-17, here today. Besides, a sum of Rs 1.20 lakh was recovered in summary cases and another Rs 70,000 was released as fine.

Judicial remand for kidnapping accused
Kharar, August 30
Avtar Singh and his son, Amritpal Singh, who are accused in the kidnapping of an eight-year-old child, Harkaran Singh, when he was coming back from school in Sector 71, SAS Nagar, were here today sent to judicial remand till September 11 in connection with a case registered against them on the charge of kidnapping.

Arrest warrants against CA


Devanshi Mishra performs kathak at Tagore Theatre, ChandigarhSpirited performance by Devanshi
Chandigarh, August 30
Having performed twice at the Tagore Theatre, city-based Devanshi Mishra was again ready for a performance of kathak this evening. Organised by Naveen Nritya Kala Kendra, the recital by this 10 -year-old child from the city took off more than an hour later than schedule. The programme was well-presented with the young dancer putting her best foot forward. Earlier also Devanshi Mishra had presented kathak recitals — on January 14, 2001 and again on April 25, 2002. Used to performing annually, the child artists looked confident on stage.

Devanshi Mishra performs kathak at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo Pawan Sharma

‘Hawayein’ producers aghast at ban on film’s screening
Babbu Mann
Chandigarh, August 30
Babbu Mann, music director and co-producer of film “Hawayein”, today lashed out at the police authorities of Jammu, where the film ran into serious trouble on the very first day of its screening.

A powerful satire on female foeticide
Chandigarh, August 30
A powerful social satire on female foeticide and infanticide, “Daairey,” which was staged at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 45, here today, challenged the redundant social norms and customs that deprived the girl child of her right to life.

A scene from Punjabi musical play “Daairey” being enacted at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
A scene from Punjabi musical play "Daairey" being enacted at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45

12-year-old devotes album to Lord
Chandigarh, August 30
Jonathan Ivan Charles’ debut album “Let’s Praise the Lord” comes with a freshness which is almost a rarity. Deviating from the popular music, this 12-year-old boy who is a class VIII student of Mount Carmel School has set up a new trend of serious music. The album was released by Mr Vivek Attrey, Joint Secretary, Technical Education, in an impressive ceremony held on the school premises in Sector 47, here today. Jonathan has used both his talent for his debut album — his deep melodious voice which is quite unusual for a boy of his age and his writing ability.
Jonathan Ivan Charles

Works of city photo-artists grace Austrian exhibition
Chandigarh, August 30
Works of eight members of the city-based organisation of photo-artists, Friends of Photography (FOP), have been invited for a special exhibition being organised by the Kamera Klub of Linz in Austria.

Titled, “Chain Reaction”, this picture by city-based photo-artist Amardeep Samra forms part of the exhibition in Austria.
Titled, "Chain Reaction", this picture by city-based photo-artist Amardeep Samra forms part of the exhibition in Austria


New Public School girls win basketball title
Girl cagers vie for supremacy in the final of the Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament at SD Public School, Sector 32, Chandigarh
Chandigarh, August 30
New Public School, Sector 18, clinched the girls basketball title in the Fourth Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament that concluded at SD Public School, Sector 32, here today. In the boys’ section, the final between PML SD Public School and Shivalik Public School was abandoned due to rain. They were declared joint winners. In the girls’ final, New Public School, Sector 18, defeated IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, 48-25. Gurjeet with 16 points and Pinki with 12 points were the main scorers for the winners, while Rekha with seven points and Prabhjot with six points were the main scorers for the losers.

Girl cagers vie for supremacy in the final of the Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament at SD Public School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

8 more cricket  centres proposed
Chandigarh, August 30
The Administration will develop cricket centres at eight other places in the city. A high-level team of the Administration led by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Virendra Singh presented a blue print of its plan to a team of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.


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